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May 24, 2023

Urban Planning Master’s Graduate Provides Equitable Disaster Relief

Recent Executive Master of Urban Planning (EMUP) online graduate, Chrishelle Palay, spent the last two decades in the architecture field before she decided to pursue a different, related passion: housing policy advocacy. “I transitioned from architecture because I realized it wasn’t something I wanted to do anymore. Actually, Hurricane Ike kind of led to that…

May 18, 2023

Q&A: Florida MPA student Trina Uy wants to create change through education policy

Florida MPA student Trina Uy works for the City of Clearwater as an administrative assistant in the City Manager’s Office. Trina, who had never been to California let alone set foot on USC’s campus, applied for the Master of Public Administration online program after a two year commitment with Teach for America. After her experience…

May 17, 2023

Army Officer Looks to Transition to Government Role With Help From USC Price

During his time in the Army, Nicholas Brands held multiple leadership roles and had the opportunity to travel the world. While he appreciates the experience he gained throughout his military commitment, he was drawn to re-enter the civilian workforce. So, Brands enrolled in the USC Price Master of Public Administration (MPA) program online to complement…

May 15, 2023

Graduate Uses Real Estate Expertise to Combat Homelessness

USC Executive Master of Urban Planning (EMUP) alum Frank Byrd recently began working as the coordinator of unit acquisitions for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Originally a scholar of philosophy and fine arts, Byrd shifted his studies to the real estate and urban planning sector during the pandemic. Seeking to expand his knowledge…

May 11, 2023

USC Price student landed job at Meta while studying online

In addition to earning her Master of Public Administration degree online, Hannah Wills spent the last two years moving between states, switching jobs, getting married, and having a baby – all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. “She’s an exceptional student,” said Dora Kingsley Vertenten, professor and faculty director of the USC Price MPA Online. Hannah…

May 5, 2023

Why do so many new apartment buildings seemingly look the same?

Boxy mid-rise structures known as “podium” apartments have cropped up across the country. From Nashville to Los Angeles, the structures look the same – typically including retail stores or parking on the first floor – which draws the ire of neighbors and some architecture critics who find the buildings bland or downright ugly. “I think…

May 1, 2023

MPA Program Supports Advancement of Military and Post-Military Careers

Master of Public Administration helps continue service through military and civilian careers MPA Online Benefits for Active Duty and Veterans Serving in the military provides unique experiences and skills that are highly valued in public administration. Active duty military personnel and veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard can pursue a…

Single Mom Reignites Career in Politics and Public Service

Master of Public (MPA) program online student Veronica Frazier has long been passionate about public service, entering the world of politics and governmental campaigns soon after she completed her undergraduate studies.  The birth of her first child altered her career path, with Frazier becoming an entrepreneur to have more flexibility in raising her children. “I…

April 28, 2023

Q&A with EMUP alum, Philippa Burgess

What led double Trojan Philippa Burgess from studying urban planning to pursuing a third USC degree in human security and geospatial intelligence? Burgess says she was inspired to continue her education because of what she learned in the Executive Master of Urban Planning online program, “I fell in love with the data science class…I couldn’t…

April 4, 2023

MPA Q&A: Online student Jivin Seward learns lessons in leadership

Master of Public Administration online student Jivin Seward is a Facilities Manager for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Despite working on USC’s campus, Jivin wanted the flexibility of an online education. Seward, who is graduating in 2024, discusses the leadership skills he’s developed in the program and how they have helped him grow professionally….

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